Fine Art Painting and Drawing BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Walgrave
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 05/12/2018

This specialist course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to painting and drawing as well as a range of other disciplines. You will build your confidence with painting and drawing, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage you to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course. To see a gallery of our students’ work please visit our Flickr website.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course

Highlights

  • International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination.
  • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.
  • Research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Opportunities Abroad

The course includes frequent international trips to destinations such as France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA, as well as UK study trips. All study trips are optional.

Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-50. European international trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities.

Course Details

Throughout this Fine Art Painting and Drawing course, your ideas will be nurtured and developed by a close relationship with our team of specialists, visiting artists and other students.

You will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills. This course will give you the opportunity to explore the practices of painting and drawing in depth, developing an awareness of historical precedent and contemporary issues, which would not be available to you in a multi-disciplinary art course. You will be taught through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course in its entirety will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates.

Above all, the course encourages you to develop a creative and critical intelligence capable of integrating innovative thinking with practical ability. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. There are also trips involved in the course, which have included France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA. All of our staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. We have regular visits from innovative arts organizations such as Artangel and internationally renowned artists including Richard Long, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Jenny Saville, Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Michael Landy, Richard Deacon, Ian McKeever and Richard Wilson.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Fine Art, Painting and Drawing course can find careers in arts organisation, gallery management, exhibition curating, photography, journalism, teaching, art therapy, theatre, film and television or other roles that value creative thinking.

If you are interested in further study, you can also continue on to our Fine Art Postgraduate course or embark upon independent creative practice.

Work Experience

In your second year, the Professional Studies module will include the opportunity for a work experience placement.

You could work as a gallery intern, artist’s assistant, art educator or curatorial assistant to name a few. You could also incorporate this experience with your Major Critical Study in the final year.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELT 6.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition,we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in art and design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. Students with a relevant HND or foundation degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.
If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

Course Content

In your first year, you will explore a wide variety of technical and conceptual approaches to painting and drawing, supported and underpinned by an engagement with contemporary theory.

  • Introduction to Media Practice (40 Credits)
    Module code: ART1013
    Core Module Y
  • Extended Studio Practice and Context (40 Credits)
    Module code: ART1033
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Drawing (20 Credits)
    Module code: ART1015
    Core Module Y
  • Understanding the Visual (20 Credits)
    Module code: ART1012
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

 



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

Your teaching will take place at Waterside Campus, as well as a variety of professional specialist spaces in our Walgrave Building, Avenue Campus. These include:

  • Fine Art New Media Space
  • Photographic Studio
  • Photographic Dark Room
  • Wood Workshop
  • Metal Workshop
  • Plaster and Resin Workshop
  • Etching Printroom
  • Screen Printing Room (including laser cutting)
  • The Drawing Lab (Drawing research space and life room)
  • Canvas Preparation Room
  • bookable installation spaces
Reading List
  • Guilda Williams, 'How to Write about Contemporary Art'
  • Julian Bell, 'What is Painting'
  • Cornelia Bulter and Catherine de Zegher Online: Drawing through the Twentieth Century
  • Paul Coldwell, 'Printmaking, A Contemporary Perspective'
  • Antony Hudek, 'The Object, Documents of Contemporary Art'

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Fine Art MA

Research

at the University of Northampton

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

Opportunities Available

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £ 9,250
Part Time: £ 1,350 per 20 credits module.
Foundation Study Framework: £ 6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Additional costs

The cost of materials for studying Fine Art Painting and Drawing is of a highly individual nature depending on the type of work produced. Traditional painting and drawing equipment can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art materials such as oil paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and our shop is run by our Student Union with canvas and paint sourced from the cheapest suppliers of good quality materials. A quantity of acrylic primer is provided free in our specialist canvas preparation area. Many alternative materials can be locally sourced for free and we have excellent industry contacts in the region.

Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-£900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £ 12,000
Foundation Study Framework: £ 9,400 as part of a four year programme

Additional costs

The cost of materials for studying Fine Art Painting and Drawing is of a highly individual nature depending on the type of work produced. Traditional painting and drawing equipment can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art materials such as oil paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and our shop is run by our Student Union with canvas and paint sourced from the cheapest suppliers of good quality materials. A quantity of acrylic primer is provided free in our specialist canvas preparation area. Many alternative materials can be locally sourced for free and we have excellent industry contacts in the region.

Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-£900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

Read more


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 05/12/2018

  • This specialist course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to painting and drawing as well as a range of other disciplines. You will build your confidence with painting and drawing, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage you to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course. To see a gallery of our students’ work please visit our Flickr website.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    Course

    Highlights

    • International study trips, typically one European option and one long-haul destination.
    • Access to comprehensive specialist resources with technical instruction and support.
    • Research into the broader context of contemporary art practices and theoretical debates.
    • Guaranteed paid internship.*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • Throughout this Fine Art Painting and Drawing course, your ideas will be nurtured and developed by a close relationship with our team of specialists, visiting artists and other students.

    You will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills. This course will give you the opportunity to explore the practices of painting and drawing in depth, developing an awareness of historical precedent and contemporary issues, which would not be available to you in a multi-disciplinary art course. You will be taught through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course in its entirety will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates.

    Above all, the course encourages you to develop a creative and critical intelligence capable of integrating innovative thinking with practical ability. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. There are also trips involved in the course, which have included France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA. All of our staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. We have regular visits from innovative arts organizations such as Artangel and internationally renowned artists including Richard Long, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Jenny Saville, Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Michael Landy, Richard Deacon, Ian McKeever and Richard Wilson.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Opportunities Abroad

    The course includes frequent international trips to destinations such as France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA, as well as UK study trips. All study trips are optional.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive. UK trips would typically cost £10-50. European international trips would typically cost in the region of £250-450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-900. Some students have subsidised this further through fundraising activities.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      Graduates of our Fine Art, Painting and Drawing course can find careers in arts organisation, gallery management, exhibition curating, photography, journalism, teaching, art therapy, theatre, film and television or other roles that value creative thinking.

      If you are interested in further study, you can also continue on to our Fine Art Postgraduate course or embark upon independent creative practice.

    • In your second year, the Professional Studies module will include the opportunity for a work experience placement.

      You could work as a gallery intern, artist’s assistant, art educator or curatorial assistant to name a few. You could also incorporate this experience with your Major Critical Study in the final year.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition,we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.

    Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in art and design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. Students with a relevant HND or foundation degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.
    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.
    If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • In your first year, you will explore a wide variety of technical and conceptual approaches to painting and drawing, supported and underpinned by an engagement with contemporary theory.

    • Introduction to Media Practice (40 Credits)
      Module code: ART1013
      Core Module Y
    • Extended Studio Practice and Context (40 Credits)
      Module code: ART1033
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Drawing (20 Credits)
      Module code: ART1015
      Core Module Y
    • Understanding the Visual (20 Credits)
      Module code: ART1012
      Core Module Y
      • Guilda Williams, 'How to Write about Contemporary Art'
      • Julian Bell, 'What is Painting'
      • Cornelia Bulter and Catherine de Zegher Online: Drawing through the Twentieth Century
      • Paul Coldwell, 'Printmaking, A Contemporary Perspective'
      • Antony Hudek, 'The Object, Documents of Contemporary Art'

    Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

     

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Fine Art MA

    • at the University of Northampton

      We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • Opportunities Available

      We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £ 9,250
    Part Time: £ 1,350 per 20 credits module.
    Foundation Study Framework: £ 6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Additional costs

    The cost of materials for studying Fine Art Painting and Drawing is of a highly individual nature depending on the type of work produced. Traditional painting and drawing equipment can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art materials such as oil paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and our shop is run by our Student Union with canvas and paint sourced from the cheapest suppliers of good quality materials. A quantity of acrylic primer is provided free in our specialist canvas preparation area. Many alternative materials can be locally sourced for free and we have excellent industry contacts in the region.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-£900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £ 12,000
    Foundation Study Framework: £ 9,400 as part of a four year programme

    Additional costs

    The cost of materials for studying Fine Art Painting and Drawing is of a highly individual nature depending on the type of work produced. Traditional painting and drawing equipment can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art materials such as oil paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and our shop is run by our Student Union with canvas and paint sourced from the cheapest suppliers of good quality materials. A quantity of acrylic primer is provided free in our specialist canvas preparation area. Many alternative materials can be locally sourced for free and we have excellent industry contacts in the region.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-£900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

    The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour